Left 4 Dead 2: two million copies sold in two weeks

Speaking in a press release, Valve has announced that their cooperative first-person shooter, Left 4 Dead 2, has sold over 2 million copies in just two weeks at retail.

Sales-to-date are more than double those of the first game; the company claims the numbers will put the Xbox 360 and PC title up as "one of" the biggest games on the formats for November.

"Released just two weeks ago, over 2 million retails copies of L4D2 have been sold worldwide and the game appears to be on target to become one of the top selling Xbox and PC titles for the month of November. Sales to date are more than double the original title, which was released exactly one year prior to L4D2. And 'Black Friday' promotions during the title's second week of availability in North American resulted in stronger than expected sales in L4D2's bid to become one of this year's best selling releases on both platforms."

More than 1 million Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions have now played the zombie-infused shooter and details on the first downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 2 are forthcoming.

"Left 4 Dead 2 is off to a great start with strong support at retail and great reviews from the press," said Doug Lombardi, Director of Marketing at Valve. "Meanwhile the title has already been played by over 1 million Xbox LIVE Gold account holders, and news regarding L4D2 DLC 1 is coming very soon."

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Sounds as though both games company and their customers are making a killing.

KILL, KILL, KILL! And a Merry Christmas!

I wonder if people would have been happier if this was just a $50 expansion, rather than a new game ?
STFU and either buy it or don't.. I'm quite happy I got my copy..

That is a good point. If they had made it into an expansion pack, it would have costed about the same as a new game. They sure have enough new content for it to be an expansion pack.

Some people argue that it should be DLC. However, to get that much DLC, would it have costed the same as an expansion pack?

By releasing it as it's own game, they ensure that everyone who joins a Left 4 Dead 2 game has the same content as anyone else. DLC would just have screwed that up and I personally wouldn't be happy with it. Actually, I started played at L4D2, so I really don't care.

I myself was not planning on buying the game, but the Black Friday Fourpack deal was kinda irresistible so I succumbed in the end.

Although I still feel that L4D2 isn't really a sequel... But oh well, maybe you could look at it the same way as those CoD titles which keep coming out every single year.

L4D2 has to have the shortest campaign of all time.

Finished it playing co-op with a friend in 1.5 hours!!
Pathetic joke of a game.

Were you seriously expecting a campaign in the L4D games similar in length and grandeur to Call of Duty MW/MW2?

Game's much more fun in the two other human vs human modes, scavenge and versus.

The campaign mode is the lamest game mode. The game comes into its own when playing versus or scavenge, where 4 survivors are pitted against 4 human infected opponents. Games in versus take usually a minimum of 1 hour 15 minutes from start to finish, and up to 2 hours. Thats ten hours of play right there.

Add that to the non-repetetive gameplay, the FIVE gamemodes, and the prospect of free DLC, and its a hell of a lot of value for money compared to other games (I'm looking at you MW2).

Hopefully the misses is getting me a copy for my 35th bday next week :)
Have given her instructions to buy it from the UK steam store so I don't get the crappy censored Australian Version.

Well if you download it in some countries like Australia for around $50 then the game is close to the price of an expansion pack anyway...certainly if you got it in the black Friday sales.

Overall the game is far more polished than the original so I don't regret buying it. Too bad we have the crappy censorship here mind.

still waiting to see the AUS retail sales... Cuz i would expect the PC version would sell some but the consoles i hope sold buger all

...which was released exactly one year prior to L4D2...

shouldn't that be L4D not L4D2?

Anyways if ya play the game you know its a much more developed game. Much more then just an "expansion pack" or DLC could have done.

I'm tired of everyone crabbin about I want DLC...oh I want free addon's. Its a business. You got the game play it and shut up. $50 for a few hundred hours or more of entertainment is well worth it.

Though I do miss the original survivors...they seemed more developed in the first game. More so Francis saying he hates everything.

cmc482 said,
shouldn't that be L4D not L4D2?

Anyways if ya play the game you know its a much more developed game. Much more then just an "expansion pack" or DLC could have done.

I'm tired of everyone crabbin about I want DLC...oh I want free addon's. Its a business. You got the game play it and shut up. $50 for a few hundred hours or more of entertainment is well worth it.

Though I do miss the original survivors...they seemed more developed in the first game. More so Francis saying he hates everything.


No. Because it's saying it was released exactly a year before L4D2.

I bought this game and I kind of agree with the people that think its a glorified expansion but at the same time think of the saying "built it and they will come". Case point: Sims, look how many bloody expansions/games came from that.

Lots of suckers out there don't care if its a ripoff if they got the money. All valve has to do is pop another L4D3 and up and it'll still sell well. Simple for them and easy cash I say. Like MW2 even though short in campaign has already sold 240 million copies or so mostly for the multiplayer.

Morisato said,
Lots of suckers out there don't care if its a ripoff if they got the money.
I would say game is not a rip-off if price/gameplay_hours ratio is less than offered by average cinema ticket (90min/£6). Modern Warfare looked like rip-off, because I've finished it very fast.

So much for another "expansion pack."

Begs the question: given the success of both L4D 1 and 2, will they bother popping on more sequels? If there's a fourth, what would it be? Left 4 Dead 4? :P

Agreed, what a ripoff.
2 million suckers that should have asked for an expansion pack rather than a full new game.

I got a good deal for both 1 and 2 bundled. But I agree with the sentiment that L4D2 didn't contain enough "new" to be called a true sequel.